Tour description

From Mexico City to Oaxaca: Art and Food

From the architecture of ancient civilizations to the galleries of modern design, this tour will take you on an exciting adventure through Mexico to experience highlights of its rich artistic heritage and award-winning cuisine. On this 20-day tour, you will be guided through the museums of Mexico City, from the impressive Museum of Anthropology and the elegant Museo de Bellas Artes, to Frida Kahlo’s charming Casa Azul. We will then travel by coach to San Miguel de Allende, known for its active artists’ colonies; and Guanajuato, one of the most vibrant and colourful towns in the Americas. From there, we continue by coach to the beautiful towns of Puebla and Cholula, with its famed 365 churches (one for each day of the year), talavera ceramics, and culinary specialties like mole poblano. We then head to the southern state of Oaxaca to experience the diverse regional cuisine and production of mezcal, while exploring the workshops of local tapestry, black ceramic and alebrije artisans. We fly back from Oaxaca to Mexico City for one night before our return journey home.

Tour activity level: mild to moderate

Participants should be in good health and be able to endure some longer touring days. The itinerary includes walking tours, sometimes on uneven surfaces, and some stairs.

Academic resource

Christine Forster first came to the University of Victoria as a Visiting Sessional Lecturer in 1998 and has been teaching Spanish language and Latin American culture courses in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies ever since. Christine spent her last year of her secondary education at a public school in the Province of Buenos Aires, and after returning to Canada, completed a Graduate Studies program in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Music. She now spends her free time hosting a Latin music radio show, and singing with a local group of Latin American musicians. Christine was the academic resource for Continuing Studies’ 2008 and 2016 tours to Cuba and to Chile and Argentina in 2018.

Rosa Stewart is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Victoria. She holds a BA in Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature and Language from the University of Michigan. Ms. Stewart has studied and taught in Spain and travelled extensively in Spain, Portugal and Mexico. She was the academic resource person for the Continuing Studies’ Travel Study tours, Spain, Portugal and Morocco in 1992, South American Adventure in 1995, tours to Spain in 2012, 2015, 2017 (including Portugal) and 2019, and the instructor for our Study Spanish Abroad program in 1997.

Pre-tour sessions

Your six pre-tour classroom sessions will take place on Thursdays, March 12 to April 16 from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

Tour dates April 21 – May 10, 2020
Total tour cost$8,625.00
Early bird cost*$8,425.00
Single supplement$1,750.00

To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by Jan. 17, 2020 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on Jan. 24, 2020. Contact artscoord@uvic.ca for details. 

*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 20, 2019 and receive a $200 reduction on your balance of payment.

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